Photography Tips when Kayaking
You’ve taken the plunge and signed up for one of the Hoover Dam kayak tours. You want to have lasting memories of your trip, so you want to be sure to take photographs. Taking pictures from a kayak doesn’t have to be a hard skill to master. However, it does take a little coordination. You are subject to the movement of the boat and the wind, and you must keep control of your paddle. Also, taking pictures in a kayak is different than being on land, because you can’t stand and move around. However, with a few tips and tricks of the trade, you can learn to take stunning photographs of your trip.
Keeping it Dry
Whether you are using an expensive camera or a cell phone, you don’t want your device to get wet. For cameras, consider a waterproof case or marine bag to keep everything nice and dry. Additionally, you can find waterproof cell phone cases that are relatively inexpensive.
Powering Your Device
Depending on how long you will be out on the water, you want to make sure you have enough battery life to power your device. Bring a few extra sets of batteries to cover your power needs. For phones, opt for an external charger or charging case.
Vary Your Perspective
When taking pictures from your kayak, you are often limited to shots at boat level. Therefore, think outside the box to find new perspectives. Hold your camera close to the water and look up to your subject. If possible, paddle to shore, get out of your kayak and take photographs from the rocks. For action shots, consider mounting a GoPro or other action camera to your kayak for hands-free use.
Other Things to Consider
You don’t want to lose your camera, so be sure to leash it to your arm or your life vest. The cords should be long enough to not restrict movement, but not too long where they can get tangled. Also, be sure to bring a microfiber cloth or tissues in your dry bag to remove water drops and smears from the lens.
The first step in learning to take excellent pictures on the water is to sign up for one of the Hoover Dam kayak tours. Visit the Blazin’ Paddles website to schedule your next adventure.